We think that love is always easy. Sometimes we are deceived into thinking that we don’t have to change. Sometimes we need that extra push so that we may grow and that requires.
When I was relearning how to walk again, my relative used to go and because she loved me tell me to go and make me do it. She used to take away all helping devices and she used to push me to learn not to depend on the crutch that I carried.
Many times we have been to a gym, and when we go to a gym, we learn to exercise, and if you have a personal trainer, – depends on the trainer, but a lot of trainers will make you push and push until you feel like you are going to die. That is discipline. The more out of shape you are the more discipline will be required.
Sometimes God will show tough love. It’s not that He doesn’t love us, but He wants us to grow so He’s giving us that discipline to help us grow.
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline —then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:7
I am coming back to that verse as a gentle reminder of what we must go through as Christians. We will all go through some kind of testing to make sure that we are growing. We will have all of our idols removed from us, until it is Jesus we seek and find and knock. It may require a period of fasting or it may require setting your heart to pray, or it may require having control of your emotions instead of your emotions controlling you, but you have one thing to remember that despite the tough love, God loves you and He still cares for you but He doesn’t want you to stay where you are.